Gilt Furniture

To gild something is literally to make it appear gold, and gilding as a technique involves the application of a thin coating of gold to a surface. Gilt furniture refers to pieces produced using any of several techniques, from the application of gold leaf or gold paint to a surface, to the use of chemical processes to produce a golden patina (such as in ormolu or bronze doré).

Gilt furniture became popular during the Baroque, when dramatic and vibrant colour was an important stylistic attribute. Gilding remained a popular decorative technique and aesthetic style during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, when gilt bronze, particularly gilt bronze mounts, was prized as a symbol of luxury and excellence. Gilt furniture retains these connotations to this day, as demonstrated by Mayfair Gallery’s extensive collection of antique gilt furniture visible below.

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  1. Neoclassical 82
  2. Louis XVI 44
  3. Empire 29
  4. Louis XV 28
  5. Rococo 22
  6. Floral 14
  7. Belle Époque 12
  8. Napoleon III 10
  9. Victorian 9
  10. Baroque 9
  11. Boulle 9
  12. Classical 9
  13. Figurative Art 6
  14. Sèvres 6
  15. Renaissance 5
  16. Egyptian Revival 5
  17. Louis XIV 5
  18. Birds / Ornithology 5
  19. Régence 4
  20. Mythological 4
  21. Japonisme 3
  22. Transitional 3
  23. Restauration 3
  24. Art Nouveau 2
  25. Music / Musical 2
  26. Russian Interest 2
  27. Chinoiserie 2
  28. Gothic 2
  29. Fête Galante 2
  30. Animal / Animalier 2
  31. Still life 1
  32. 20th and 21st Century Design 1
  33. Persian interest 1
  34. Meiji 1
  35. Japanese Interest 1
  36. Academic 1
  37. Edwardian 1
  38. Contemporary 1
  39. Arabesque 1
  40. Aesthetic Movement 1
  41. Islamic 1
Material
  1. Ormolu (Gilt Bronze) 169
  2. Marble 66
  3. Wood 47
  4. Mahogany 45
  5. Giltwood 35
  6. Marquetry 26
  7. Mirror 24
  8. Ebonised Wood 23
  9. Porcelain 20
  10. Glass 19
  11. Kingwood 19
  12. Parquetry 18
  13. Malachite 12
  14. Leather 12
  15. Satinwood 12
  16. Gilt 12
  17. Patinated Bronze 11
  18. Brass 11
  19. Rosewood 9
  20. Upholstery 8
  21. Tortoiseshell 7
  22. Onyx 7
  23. Tulipwood 6
  24. Vernis Martin 6
  25. Velvet 5
  26. Amboyna 5
  27. Metal 5
  28. Hardstone 5
  29. Enamel - Champlevé 4
  30. Pietra Dura 4
  31. Bronze 3
  32. Ebony 3
  33. Fruitwood 2
  34. Enamel 2
  35. Tapestry 2
  36. Silvered bronze 2
  37. Silk 2
  38. Mother-of-Pearl 2
  39. Lacquer 2
  40. Painted Wood 2
  41. Scagliola 2
  42. Hardwood 1
  43. Satin 1
  44. Amethyst 1
  45. Porphyry 1
  46. Sienna Marble 1
  47. Lapis Lazuli 1
  48. Steel 1
  49. Papier-mâché 1
  50. Gilt Metal 1
  51. Enamel - Cloisonné 1
  52. Faience 1
  53. Fabric 1
  54. Walnut 1
Colour
  1. Gold 197
  2. Brown 124
  3. Multi-coloured 38
  4. Black 36
  5. Green 34
  6. White 33
  7. Red 24
  8. Cream 15
  9. Blue 14
  10. Clear 11
  11. Grey 10
  12. Pink 7
  13. Orange 5
  14. Purple 5
  15. Silver 4
  16. Yellow 3
  17. Metallic 1
Country Of Origin
  1. French 166
  2. English 18
  3. Italian 17
  4. Continental 4
  5. Russian 2
  6. Austrian 1
  7. Belgian 1
  8. German 1
  9. Japanese 1
  10. Persian 1
  11. Spanish 1
Period
  1. Late 19th Century 82
  2. 19th Century 68
  3. Early 20th Century 29
  4. 20th Century 20
  5. Early 19th Century 8
  6. 18th Century and Earlier 3
  7. 21st Century 1
Artist / Maker
  1. Linke, François 6
  2. Au Gros Chêne 5
  3. Sèvres 5
  4. Mercier Frères 4
  5. Weisweiler, Adam 4
  6. Ross, Donald 4
  7. Edwards & Roberts 4
  8. Riesener, Jean Henri 4
  9. Boulle, André-Charles 3
  10. Sormani, Paul 3
  11. Zwiener, Joseph-Emmanuel 2
  12. Viardot, Gabriel 2
  13. Maison Krieger, 2
  14. Dasson, Henry 2
  15. Leleu, Jean-Francois 2
  16. Maison Mottheau et fils 1
  17. A. M. E. Fournier 1
  18. Pleyel, Wolff, Lyon & Cie. 1
  19. Poteau, Edmond 1
  20. Rosel 1
  21. Thiébaut Frères 1
  22. Royal Vienna Porcelain Manufactory 1
  23. Jennens & Bettridge 1
  24. KPM, Konigliche Porzellan-Manufaktur 1
  25. Deveraux 1
  26. Barbedienne, Ferdinand 1
  27. Benneman, Guillaume 1
  28. Carlin, Martin 1
  29. Chippendale, Thomas 1
  30. David, José-Maria 1
  31. Della Valle Brothers 1
  32. Druce & Co 1
  33. Aubusson 1
  34. Durand et fils 1
  35. Érard 1
  36. Grade, Louis 1
  37. Grohé, Guillaume 1
  38. Hugnet, Alexandre 1
  39. Jacob-Desmalter, François-Honoré-Georges 1
  40. Zwiener Jansen Successeur 1

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